A good friend/classmate of mine sent me a link to Urbanite Magazine’s interview with Fred Kent, the founder of Project for Public Spaces. The goal of the organization is “to create and sustain public places that build communities”.
It ties back into my previous post about “Streets For People”. However, PPS seeks the key component of the design (the community members) to take responsibility of the design, rather than design being dictated to them by government. I went to the PPS page to check out some examples and found Campus Martius in Detroit. The formerly underused land was recreated into an outdoor community center of sorts and the result is a changed economic and social status to the area. Businesses and people flock now flock to the area to enjoy outdoor events and activities year round. Check out the PPS site for more examples of making community spaces. (And Thanks, B!)